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Employee Rights and Employee Conduct


Whistleblowing Protection Act

Whistleblowing: Defines a whistleblower as someone who discloses information he or she reasonably believes evidences a violation of any law, rule, or regulation; gross mismanagement; gross waste of funds; an abuse of authority; a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.

Whistleblower Retaliation: Asks, What is whistleblower retaliation? A federal employee authorized to take, direct others to take, recommend or approve any personnel action may not take, fail to take, or threaten to take any personnel action against an employee because of protected whistleblowing. Cites an example. Defines protected whistleblowing.


Prohibited Personnel Practices

Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPPs): Lists thirteen prohibitions, including: whistleblower retaliation; discrimination for engaging in conduct unrelated to work performance, such as discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation; and hiring and promotion offenses that offend the merit system. 5 U.S.C. §§ 2302(b)(1)-(b)(13).


Hatch Act

The Hatch Act and Federal Employees (poster): Lists permitted and prohibited activities for employees who may engage in partisan activity.

Political Activity and the Federal Employee: Explains the Hatch Act, its importance to federal employees, who is covered under the Hatch Act, permitted and prohibited activities for employees who may engage in partisan activity, questions and answers, permitted and prohibited activities for employees subject to additional restrictions, questions and answers, designated communities, and penalties. Title 5, US Code Sections 7321 - 7326.


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